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Patient access to treatment records; health care practitioners - Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 22, § 1711-B

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All patients are allowed a copy of their medical records that are on file with their health care practitioner.  In order to obtain a copy of his or her record, the patient must submit a written request to the physician.  After a request has been made, the physician must provide the records within a reasonable time.  Additional requirements may apply if the patient is a minor, if releasing the medical record to the patient would be detrimental to his or her health, and if the record contains information pertaining to participation in a drug trial, or personal notes not related to the patient’s treatment.  A patient has the right to submit information to his or her health care practitioner that either corrects or clarifies the patient’s treatment record.  Finally, the hospital may charge the patient for the reasonable costs associated with making copies of the record.  These charges may not be higher than 10 dollars for the first page, and 35 cents for each additional page.


Current as of June 2015